Republicans and the media are determined to label a midterm where Republicans are favored historically a “referendum” on Obama. Oh, god, the FAIL.
Obama is such a fail. Look at what he’s done to the stock market, the private sector job growth, and now manufacturing growth has exceeded even optimistic estimates (POTUS has been making a push for manufacturing in America for a while now, and he’s doing it directly with companies because the Republicans in Congress are too busy pouting and obstructing to want to help America be her best). Will Obama’s America never stop?
U.S. manufacturing expanded far more briskly than estimated in October, fully recovering from the previous month’s deceleration to return to its fastest growth rate in three-and-a-half years as new orders rebounded sharply, according to an industry report released on Monday.
The reading exceeded expectations of 56.2, according to a Reuters poll of economists, topping even the most optimistic estimate of 57.3. A reading above 50 indicates expansion in the manufacturing sector.
Yeah, it totally makes sense that the people are up in arms about the low gas prices, soaring stock market, the record stretch of private sector job growth and a manufacturing growth that is above even optimistic estimates. Oh, wait. I mean it makes sense that people believe that because the media keeps informing them all about Obama’s fail. Can Obama save himself from the fail? The imaginary fail! It’s so close to Bush. Republicans are pleased.
You see, that Obamacare glitch and the general “lack of leadership” evinced in Obama’s personal failure to stop the virus of Ebola from darkening our shores. Never would a Republican allow an Enemy of the State like Ebola to exist. A war on viruses! Gather up, troops, we can shoot to kill all viruses because we are the “good guys”.
This election is not a referendum on Obama. That is the most desperate and frankly insultingly ignorant baloney passed since “Romentum”. That is like Democrats claiming a small win in the 2016 landscape as a total referendum on … well, Republicans don’t have a leader admired by enough people to be the focus of an alleged “referendum”. So, insert imaginary person. The point is, the 2014 landscape favors Republicans because Democrats are fighting for senate seats in seven red states that Obama lost in 2012. In 2016, it will be Republicans in the same situation.
Some mainstream outlets have pointed out, “Obama lost Kentucky by a whopping 23 percentage points. A Grimes victory would rank among the greatest upsets in modern politics,” the Associated Press.
Winning a state you were supposed to win is not a referendum on anyone. Republicans having to fight tooth and nail to keep Kentucky when Obama lost it by 23 points isn’t a referendum on Obama. Do the math.
I keep pointing out that a Democrat winning in one of the bluest states isn’t akin to a Democrat winning in a hostile environment. Same logic applies to Republicans. Republicans should not be fighting so hard in Kentucky, North Carolina, Georgia, Louisiana… Nope. These states belong to them. This is like Democrats having to fight for California. Come on. This isn’t a referendum on anyone but the stupidity of our press.
There are states where Democrats should be doing better right now, and it’s unclear if the issue is polling or turnout. We won’t know that until after the post mortem. But what we do know is the 2014 midterms were a GOP “given” that turned into a battle. They have tried to make this about Obama, citing his low approval numbers.
The media never reminds anyone that actually, Congress has even lower numbers than Obama, and Republicans are at the bottom of the heap. Hello, logic and fact deniers.
If anything, voters are mad at the status quo and at the dysfunction in DC. This translates into anger at incumbents. The only people who think this race is about Obama are the people with a platform they are unwilling to share with the public until AFTER the election. Those are the same people our corporate media gives free election campaigning to on Sunday mornings.
God save us all from the absolutely intolerable and inexcusable stupidity being passed off as news right now. This narrative is as stupid as the narrative that Americans would reject Obamacare (aka, access to affordable healthcare) because the website had a glitch. No. Just no.
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